James Garner makes the bench for the first time on the tour after recovering from a knock that kept him out of the first three games. The only other player not to have got minutes on the tour is wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho, who also could feature in the second half. Will Fish is also on the bench despite his sending off on Tuesday. The confirmed line-up is as follows: ⚪️ Team news for our latest test is locked in! 🔒#MUFC || #MUTOUR22 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 23, 2022 Kick off in Perth is at 10.
Aston Villa vs Man United: Premier League - LIVE! Debutant Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to inspire an Aston Villa comeback in a gripping 2-2 draw against Man United at Villa Park. United appeared to be on course for a second win of the week against Steven Gerrard’s side as Bruno Fernandes struck in each half - the first goal courtesy of a dreadful error by Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Villa were much improved in the second half but Coutinho was being readied for his arrival off the bench when Fernandes powered home an unstoppable effort in the 67th minute. Coutinho was immediately involved though and 10 minutes later he played a big part as Villa got themselves back into the match with a well-worked goal that was struck home by Jacob Ramsey.
"I've often considered actually managing or coaching from that position, and then coming in at half-time and things like that. "When I was in Leipzig, actually the last three matches I coached from the kitchen with Covid, so this is hardly as bad as that. "I'll watch the game from the gantry and I'll have communication with the staff, but I believe that the team will be fully prepared and ready and I know that the staff will also do a really good job in my absence on the touchline. " Gerrard is without several first-choice players due to injury and he has challenged his fringe players to step up and make the most of the opportunity. "You know you are going to have stages of the season where you get an injury or a couple at the same time, so we have tried to build a squad to be prepared for these situations, " Gerrard said.
The 4-0 victory over Brentford, which preceded Emery’s appointment, snapped a five-game winless skid before the 4-0 defeat to Newcastle brought them crashing back down to earth ahead of Emery’s start date. Now, the real work is already underway with a week of training in the books and a difficult, but winnable, debut to come on Sunday. Injuries will make it anything but a cakewalk for Manchester United, who could be without as many as three of their top four attackers, with Bruno Fernandes suspended and Antony and Jadon Sancho both in a race against time to be fit. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal in the win over West Ham last weekend, but Fernandes played a star role before picking up his 5th yellow card of the season in second-half stoppage time.